A couple of weeks ago, Mike at 10,000 Birds suggested that people check out Lorelle and her weekly Blog Challenge. Lorelle encourages people to improve the quality of their blogs by throwing out challenges that make one think. Thinking is definitely good. I don’t know that I’ll always answer her challenge but today I wanted to. So . . .
Passion. Wow. Passion definitely implies a big emotion — powerful feelings. Passion implies the kind of feeling that leads one to cheat on one’s marriage vows or marry the wrong person or simply throw conventional life to the wind and live in a totally new way. Passion is big. Passion is uncomfortable. Passion moves you — and everyone around you — right out of your comfort zone. Passion isn’t about one’s favorite color or what one is going to make for dinner. Or, well, I suppose one could be passionate about cooking but I’m not. So . . . what am I passionate about? What am I pouring into my blog? What drives me? Why on Earth am I doing this whole blogging thing?
I am decidedly passionate about my family but this isn’t a family blog really — oh, they show up, but they aren’t the emphasis. I love birding and it’s a big focus of my life right now but I’m not sure that I’m passionate about it. Photography has become important to me and I try to incorporate pictures into my blog. But, I think the overwhelming passion in my life is writing. One of the reasons I blog is to write — for an audience. To see if what I have to say can be of interest to others — to see if I can speak to them with my words and how I put them together into sentences, paragraphs, and essays. One of my unspoken goals for this year is to step up the quality of my writing in my blog. I have a gift for letting words flow and having them come out fairly well — I don’t tend to agonize over my words. On the other hand, sometimes, I don’t even tend to re-read what I’ve written before I hit the Publish button and am done with it. I want to focus on my words more and write a little bit better.
I did that when I wrote the piece on my fear of bridges. I slowed down, researched it a little bit, thought about what I wanted to say about it and then I wrote. And, I was happy with it. I was also happy with the responses. So, yea, writing is my passion and I am blogging my passion. Albeit in a different way — my passion isn’t the focus of my blog but it is what makes it work or will make it work better. The focus of my blog is still writing snapshots of my life with particular emphasis on birds and nature, my family, my work, and of course, my dog. Oh, and the chocolate. I can’t forget the chocolate!
Oh, to see more of my writing, visit Chickadee Chatter where I write poetry when the spirit moves me.